Foyer Organization

March 7, 2015


Foyer Organization

The foyer is our greeting space for guests.  It’s the most important area of your home to keep organized (in my opinion).  It needs to stay clean & clutter free.   Have you ever gone to someones house & walked in to see lots of shoes, bags, & clutter?  It certainly sets the tone for the visit.  Today I’m going to share a few tips to help you de-clutter this zone & give you some decorating ideas for a warm spring welcome.


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The first and most important step is to find a piece of furniture to store all of those entryway necessities.  If you have room for a foyer table, definitely purchase or repurpose one.  If you don’t have the space, use this same system only set it up in the nearest hall closet.  Birch Lane sent me this beautiful Fairfax table, to jazz up my foyer space.  It fits perfectly & it’s well made. I love it!


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The next step is to find boxes or baskets to place your items in.  Label each container & store items in categories.


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The categories I use for my storage boxes are:

  • Winter wear – Hats, gloves, ear muffs, scarves.
  • Rain Gear – Umbrellas, Ponchos, etc.
  • Aromatherapy – Candles, wax melts, lighters.
  • Shoe covers – We are a no shoe wearing home, so if someone comes over to fix something, I offer them shoe covers.
  • Shopping Bags – Keep extra reusable bags or plastic shopping bags here for easy access.
  • Pets – Cat toys, leashes, doggie bags, etc.
  • I have 2 empty boxes, ready to use if needed.


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The boxes were purchased at Ikea.  You can order them online HERE or purchase them in the store.  They fit well inside of the table.


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If you use a dresser, these organizers work great to containerize the inside of the drawers.


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Where will you store your keys & outgoing mail?  Don’t spend a lot of time looking for them when you’re ready to leave.  Use a key holder and hang them near the door & place outgoing mail in a wall organizer or in a basket on the foyer table.  My key & mail organizers are also from Birch Lane.  They match my vintage decor beautifully.


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After you have your organizing systems in place, it’s time to decorate your space.  The goal is to exude a welcoming atmosphere.   Flowers, candles, a wreath and a stylish rug make a world of difference.  The hydrangea flowers (below) are from Tuesday Morning (yes they are artificial flowers but they look very real).  I ordered the galvanized container from here.


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I’m crazy about green wreaths. I have them all over my house.  This one was purchased from Target.


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Are your area rugs clean & stylish or do they have stains, rips or tears?  One of the biggest style transformations you can make to your foyer is updating your rug.  It gets a lot of use & deserves to be replaced about every year.  My rugs are from Target.


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We usually keep our coats & shoes in our mudroom. You can also keep a basket  & a coat hook near your front door for these items.  If you don’t have a mudroom, consider creating a space in your garage.  To me, shoes equal clutter so our rule is “no shoes in the foyer”.  My kids carry their shoes to the mudroom or place them in a shoe basket in my husbands office (near the foyer).  It’s a pet peeve of mine to see shoes in front of the door.


My Mudroom

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My Garage “Mudroom”

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I hope you are able to take some of my tips and rejuvenate your foyer or entryway.  If you don’t have a designated foyer, think about sprucing up the area of your home that people first see when they walk in.


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Happy Organizing!

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11 comments on “Foyer Organization

  1. Miriam says:

    Hi Toni, as always, another great post. Your home really is beautiful and functional. You are always welcome to come to “fix” my home here in Australia!!!

  2. Heather Sullivan says:

    It looks great! No shoes in the home definitely provide for a cleaner home! Fantastic job!

  3. Jen Cooper says:

    I Love this! I love organizing my spaces and you do such a lovely job of it! I am ordering the mail and key boxes asap! Love love love!
    Thanks Toni!

  4. Brandi says:

    Very pretty! WherE did you get this side table?

  5. I’m not sure what’s worse in a foyer….too much space or too little space, both leave you set up for a clutter disaster.

  6. erin says:

    I have to know where the wall art is from! I love it!

  7. Very beautiful foyer! I like how neat it looks, and the table is stunning. I also love the hydrangeas and the galvanized bucket and prints on the wall! I practice the same organizing technique at home in our foyer, except our entry table holds baskets rather than boxes that came with it. I’m still debating whether I should label the baskets or let it be.


  8. Dias de Macedo Amélie says:

    I love your foyer ! It looks amazing !

  9. Kimberly says:

    Oh my… great idea!Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  10. Sarah says:

    Where do you buy the shoe covers. I would like to be a no shoe household but didn’t want to buy slippers for company. You should have seen my hardwoods after my son’s birthday party. My foyer is not being utilized. We mostly come in through the garage and i don’t have enough space to put anything in my laundry/pantry area that is right off the garage. So do i walk all the way over to the other half of the house to put up coats/shoes in the foyer & coat closet. I’m stumped.

    • Rachel says:

      Check your local home repair store for shoe covers or a quick google search may find another venue in your area (or you can order online)

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